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Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department is responsible for the secure, orderly and efficient production and marketing of agricultural and fishery produce; enforcing regulations on plants, pesticides and animal controls; and conserving our natural environment and safeguarding the ecological integrity.

Birds die of H5N1

January 21, 2011

The H5N1 virus has been confirmed in two dead birds recently found dead in Hong Kong, the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department says.


A decomposing large-billed crow was found on Sun Ki Street, Tai O, on January 18. The species is a common resident bird in Hong Kong.


Meanwhile, a dead Oriental magpie robin was found on January 17 near a refuse collection point in Fairview Park, Yuen Long.


Tests confirmed both birds were infected with avian influenza.


The department said it will remain highly vigilant against avian influenza and strictly enforce preventive measures.


Poultry farmers have been reminded to strengthen precautionary and biosecurity measures. Cautions have also been issued to bird-shop owners, and licence holders of pet poultry and racing pigeons.


The department will conduct frequent inspections of poultry farms and the wholesale market to ensure proper precautions against avian influenza have been taken. The department will continue its wild bird monitoring and surveillance.


Suspicious sick or dead birds, including the carcasses of wild birds and poultry, can be reported by calling 1823.